Submitted by Comcast
The Ready for Business Fund – a relief program launched by GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce, and Comcast – is distributing $2,500 and $4,000 cash grants to 76 small businesses throughout Washington state. The Ready for Business Fund was founded in the summer of 2020 with an initial $100,000 investment from Comcast and designation of GSBA as the fund manager. To date, the fund has supported more than 200 small businesses in Washington with nearly $1 million in financial support and wraparound services.
The Ready for Business Fund was renewed this year with an additional $75,000 in funding from Comcast and GSBA, reprising its role as the program and fund manager. Grants from the Ready for Business Fund will be made possible by more than $150,000 in additional donations from Pepsi, T-Mobile, US Bank, Meta, and Verity Credit Union and a $100,000 grant from King County. These funds will now support small business owners across all industries, including local restaurants, bookstores, bistros, shops and stores, which are an important part of the social fabric in our communities.
“GSBA recognizes the importance of investing in the small businesses that are critical to a thriving community and economy,” said Ilona Lohrey, GSBA president and CEO. “We are proud to once again partner with Comcast to grow our Ready for Business Fund to support a diverse group of business owners who need our help now more than ever.”
The Ready for Business Fund was created to support small businesses in Washington, especially those owned by LGBTQ people, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and women, who are at greater risk in today’s uncertain economy. Grant recipients also include small businesses located in rural areas of Washington that lack proximity to resources.
“We’re grateful for our continued partnership with the GSBA to recognize so many resilient small businesses through the Ready for Business Fund,” said Diem Ly, Community Impact director, Comcast Washington. “We at Comcast believe and act on our shared value that ensuring equitable access to resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ-owned businesses means all of our communities and neighborhoods benefit in the long-run.” Feel free to adjust as you see fit!
“Between recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over inflation, our small businesses have faced some of the most difficult struggles over the last few years, and it is up to our community to step up and support them. That’s why partnerships like the one between King County, GSBA and Comcast are so imperative right now,” shared King County Councilmember Joe McDermott.
GSBA assembled a selection committee consisting of diverse community and business leaders to evaluate the applications received. Notifications to grant applicants about the status of their application have begun and awards will be delivered beginning this week. All grant recipients will also receive wrap-around services, including GSBA membership and consulting.
Ready for Business Fund grant recipients include:
|KO-AM TV||Federal Way|
|Yolo West Coast LLC||Federal Way|
|Issaquah Eataeries, LLC||Issaquah|
|That Curl Girl||Kennewick|
|The honest beauty||Kennewick|
|South 2 West Boiled Peanuts, LLC||Lynnwood|
|Burial Grounds Coffee Collective||Olympia|
|RUZICKA CPA, PLLC||Olympia|
|Strong Family Bonds LLC dba SGT. Hart’s B||Olympia|
|Basecamp Books and bites||Roslyn|
|Fruit and Flower DBA Floret||Seatac|
|23rd Ave Brewery||Seattle|
|A.L.A. Consulting Firm||Seattle|
|All Things Auto||Seattle|
|Dreams Unlimited LLC dba Modern Mind Labs||Seattle|
|Inclusive Data LLC||Seattle|
|Jasmine Nicole Luxury Perucas||Seattle|
|Local Yokels/Savory Sound Foods LLC||Seattle|
|Orange Tea School||Seattle|
|Sound Therapeutic Acupuncture||Seattle|
|The Green Deli Store||Seattle|
|Victoria Odell Real Estate||Seattle|
|Aluel Cellars Ballard||Seattle|
|Bakehouse Inc. DBA Flora Bakehouse||Seattle|
|Biang Biang Noodles||Seattle|
|Big Little News||Seattle|
|Conviviality Inc. DBA Cafe Flora||Seattle|
|EL CHITO LLC||Seattle|
|Get In My Belly Catering||Seattle|
|GigRoster™ Professional Entertainment||Seattle|
|Lillie’s Passion LLC||Seattle|
|Moon Village Bakery||Seattle|
|Reclaim Clay Collective||Seattle|
|Rita’s Fine Foods Inc. dba Glo’s||Seattle|
|Stone Way Eateries, LLC||Seattle|
|Tert I Inc dba The Wildrose||Seattle|
|The City Catering Company, Inc.||Seattle|
|The Cuff Complex||Seattle|
|The Shanghai Pearl Presents||Seattle|
|The Station Coffee Shop LLC||Seattle|
|Tutta Bella Culinary, LLC||Seattle|
|U14 LLC dba Union||Seattle|
|NW ROOFING SERVICES||Snohomish|
|Atomic Threads Boutique||Spokane|
|Stage Left Theater Association||Spokane|
|Diane ruff studio||Tacoma|
|All The Wishes||Vancouver|
|Professional Latino Services LLC||Vancouver|
More information is available at theGSBA.org/ready-for-business.